The Philadelphia Eagles maintained their first place lead in the NFC East with a win over the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday evening. The Eagles beat the Cowboys pretty comfortably by a final score of 33 to 10.
It was a big victory for the Birds. They now advance to 9-3 on the season with just four games remaining. It was also a statement win.
The 2015 NFL playoff implications of this game are significant. The Eagles are now 3-0 in division games whereas the Cowboys dropped to 2-2. The Eagles' 5-3 winning percentage in NFC games is also better than the Cowboys' mark of 5-4.
Philadelphia's win over Dallas also means that, at worst for them, the Cowboys can only split the season series. In other words, the Cowboys won't be able to hold a head-to-head tiebreaker over the Eagles.
Speaking of a potential split, it won't be too long until the Eagles and Cowboys meet again. Both teams are scheduled to play again in only 17 days on December 14. The only difference is that this time around the game will be held on Sunday Night Football in Philadelphia, where the team has currently won 10 games in a row.
An NFC East team has not won the division in back-to-back season since the early 2000s, but this big win puts the Eagles one step closer to being repeat champions.